Today is Wednesday, May 2nd.  Blossoms abound as spring bursts all around us.  The promise of new life, spring greens to baby birds, cannot be missed in God’s seasonal landscape.  God’s redemptive landscape also promises abundant life to BOTH Jews and Gentiles in our passage today.  Each will praise His name as the One who restores our joy, peace, and hope. - Kim

(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Discuss the purpose of a promise.   Why is promise-keeping such a worthy trait?  Think and reflect on a promise you kept and/or a promise you broke.  Share an example with the group.
_ How are the Lord’s promises different than our promises?  How are they alike? How does trust impact those you are walking with as they grow in or discover Jesus?

Lord, thank you for being with us on our journey.  We are sinful and you have the right to judge and condemn us, yet you don’t.  You have promised that You would save your people, both Jews and Gentiles. You also promised that You would do the work of our salvation, through your son Jesus, the Messiah, Mighty King, and Suffering Servant.  Thank you, for your promise. Thank you for keeping your promise and bearing fruit in our lives.

DISCOVER  [Romans 15:8-13]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,

   and sing to your name.”

_ Why did Christ become a servant in vs 8?  To whom was he called to be a servant to? What did it confirm?
_ Who are the patriarchs?  What promises were given to them?  (See Gen 12:1-3, 17:7, Gen 26:3-4, and Gen 28:13-15) for more information about these promises)
_Who do we see glorifying God for his mercy.  How are both Jews and Gentiles addressed in this short text?

10 And again it is said,

“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,

   and let all the peoples extol him.”

_ What unifying message do we see in verse 10?  To whom is this quotation referring to when it says “his people?”
_ How have these repetitive verses built upon one another in inclusivity from verse 9 to 11?

12 And again Isaiah says,

“The root of Jesse will come,

 even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;

in him will the Gentiles hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

_ This quotation from Isaiah 11 points to a promise God makes to David through the God’s own Spirit that indwelt him.  There would be one who come from his line who would not only be a King over God’s chosen tribe, but also Gentile nations.  He would reign and rule over all in unity of the Spirit. How does that same Spirit resonate in Paul’s words to the Romans?
_ What is Paul asking God to do for both Jews and Gentiles?  How are these groups unified in verse 13?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you are being called to unity?  If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Is Jesus is asking you to remember one of his promises today? Which one and why?  Who are you walking with who would also benefit from remembering this promise?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?